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Active Recruitment and Passive Recruitment

To increase the workforce representation of women and ethnic minorities, one of the strategic staffing choices is whether to pursue workforce diversity actively or passively. What are the ethical reasons for active pursuit of diversity? Can a more passive approach be taken?

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Active recruitment is the process of "generating a pool [of applicants] rather than merely tapping it" (NSF ADVANCE Michigan, 2007). This essentially means that if an organization needs to increase their diversity among a particular group, they will actively use candidate generation practices that will target the desired population. For example, if an organization needs more women, they may use electronic job-posting services on women-centered websites such as iVillage. The company may also ask already existing employees for any women they know might be well-suited for the position or attend conferences specifically geared toward women to network with potential candidates.

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An explanation of both active and passive recruitment including specific discussion surrounding workforce representation of women and ethnic minorities. A discussion about ethical reasons to actively pursue diversity in the workplace and whether or not this same issue can be handled through passive recruitment. 365 words, 3 references.

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